Captain’s Corner: Round 20, skippers to target and avoid

The SC Bandit runs the rule over the best AFL SuperCoach captaincy and vice-captaincy options to consider.


There was a huge range of excellent captain’s scores to pick from last week, with plenty of popular players performing well.

Marcus Bontempelli (161), Touk Miller (157), Rory Laird (140) and Zach Merrett (133) were the standouts, while Lachie Neale (123) and Tim English (122) were also solid.

Let’s take a look at who should be on your captaincy radar this week.

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Andrew Brayshaw

If you’re playing for league wins then I think this is the VC POD play of the week. Don’t be too concerned about his score from last week – he got stuck on the bench for a long time in the last quarter when the game was on the line.

Last 3 vs MELB: 100, 125, 118

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Clayton Oliver

If you’re just playing for overall rank then Oliver is the obvious VC play. Didn’t quite look at his ball-winning best against the Bulldogs after missing a week with that thumb injury, but I expect he’ll be ready to go here in what is now a must-win game for Melbourne.

Last 3 vs FREM: 113, 122, 94

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Jack Steele

The St Kilda captain has proven to be a popular trade in over recent weeks as people looking for a reasonably priced midfield upgrade jump on. No better week to look at a VC or C tag this week for Steele who faces Hawthorn at Marvel Stadium. His recent record against the Hawks reads fairly well.

Last 3 vs HAW: 125, 91, 111

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Marcus Bontempelli

The most in-form player in the SuperCoach world right now, Bont is averaging a whopping 147.7 from his last three matches! He’s putting the Dogs on his back and carrying them to an unlikely finals berth. Can he produce another big game against the Cats? You’d be a brave coach to bet against him.

Last 3 vs GEEL: 109, 143, 122

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Rory Laird

This guy has become the most bulletproof captaincy option over the last few weeks. It doesn’t matter who he plays against, where they play ,or what time, he always seems to score well. Probably the safest option in the game this week.

Last 3 vs CARL: 123, 109, 136

Touk Miller

The next safest option you’d have to say is probably Miller, given he comes up against a West Coast team that looks just about ready to head to Bali for its end of season footy trip. Should have no problems putting up a big score on the Eagles this week at home.

Last 3 vs WCE: 137, 80, 98

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Lachie Neale

Just continues to get the job done week in, week out. I’m probably leaning towards other players this week, but if you want to captain Neale against Richmond on Sunday then I won’t talk you out of it. Particularly with his recent record against them.

Last 3 vs RICH: 107, 149, 190

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Zach Merrett

Another player who has just been in red-hot form over the few weeks (five round average of 133), Merrett looks like a very good option this week against the Kangaroos. The only slight concern might be a tag? Outside of that, hard to see him not scoring well in the final game of the round.

Last 3 vs NM: 114, 117, 68

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VC: One of Oliver or Laird

C: One of Laird or Miller

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